Payroll Processors in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.81 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Payroll Processors is high. Although a majority have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, one-third claim no health benefits at all.

$30,298 - $54,551
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$30K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,544
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$11.86 - $21.09
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,298 - $54,551  
   
Bonus
$592 - $4,562  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,452 - $49,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $21.09  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $34.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$592 - $4,562  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,452 - $49,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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Though not the most common occurrence, Payroll Processors sometimes become Senior Payroll Processors, where the average income is $47K per year. The most common next step for a Payroll Processor is to become a Payroll Specialist or a Payroll Administrator. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Payroll Processors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Payroll Administration, ADP Payroll System, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Payroll Processors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries



Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
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National Average
$36,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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